How are you? I’m fine. If you follow me on Instagram, you have certainly seen that I returned from 10 days of family holiday absolutely brilliant. In short, I am talking to you today about a museum that particularly appreciated. It is the National Museum of Afro-American history and culture.
As soon as I arrived in Washington DC everyone was telling me about this famous museum inaugurated in 2016 by President Obama and which absolutely had to be visited. When I said, it’s definitely everyone, from my family to the uber’s driver. I was like, okay, Sandra you have to visit it. To tell you the truth I really didn’t know what to expect but believe me I was pleasantly surprised.
1. The outside
The building itself is a true symbol because it is made of ironwork reminiscent of those developed by African-American slaves in the nineteenth century and covered with copper screens that change color between day and night. The museum is also very well located as it is between the Lincoln Memorial and the Capitol.
Since the inauguration in 2016, this museum has always been full. Although free of charge, you absolutely must book online time entrance of visits. Be ready, the seats are leaving very very quickly.
2. The exhibits:
Give yourself 5 hours, as this museum is large. It is made up of 7 levels:
- The first 3 levels in the basements are centered on history you literally travel through time. You will have understood the visit begins symbolically at the basements to realize the dark period of slavery. Then we gradually ascended during the visit to evoke segregation (abolished in 1964), the Fight for civil rights, until the election of President Barack Obama.
- The following 3 levels on the floor are centered on culture. Here you will find galleries celebrating the contributions of African Americans to various fields including sports, arts, Science, commerce, music, and literature.
- The exhibition of the moment on the ground floor is on Oprah Winfrey. For the record, she is one of the private donors (including Michael Jordan) who helped with the construction of this museum.
Honestly, I went through all the emotions sadness, anger, joy and especially I came out of this rich museum.
3. The food journey
The discovery of Afro-American culture is pushed up to the restaurant’s cafe where you can taste grilled chicken, corn, and gumbo. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to taste it, but I intend to go back.